George N Netto

Tricking the bosses in the tea estates

Lured by romanticised accounts of a planter’s life, in the 1950s many young Brits were disillusioned to find themselves isolated, quite literally, in Munnar’s remote tea estates, struggling to cope wi

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Kiran Prakash

Kiran Prakash

Real star wants to be an ideal politician, the kind found only in movies

There are many stars in the Kannada film industry.

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Avay Shukla

Avay Shukla

A warning  that went unheeded

The Paris accord’s almost exclusive focus on CO2 emissions was misplaced; we have to change our lifestyles too

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Trump and the Honey Badger

After US President Donald Trump removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon, the Washington Post quoted a person close to Bannon as saying, “Steve doesn’t care.

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Tanuj Solanki

Grand sabha and its enticing game of dice

In the Mahabharata, the first intimation of the oncoming change of times — from dwapara yuga to kaliyuga, for instance — and its concomitant reduction in moral values is perceived by Vidura, brother to king Dhritarashtra and the chief advisor to the throne of Hastinapura.

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T J S George

T J S George

August 15 was the wrong date, chosen for the wrong reason. Also, Iqbal’s Hindustan Hamara deserves a fresh look

Has the time come for Independence Day to be shifted to a date other than August 15? The question is neither facetious nor irrelevant.

20 Aug 2017

bindu dalmia

Could 2019 be the last polls held under a secular state?

The India of 2017 is in some ways reminiscent of the India of 1977 when Opposition leader Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly referred to as JP, famously admonished the crowds at a mass rally that “this would be the last free elections if Congress is voted back to power”

20 Aug 2017

Santwana Bhattacharya

Santwana Bhattacharya

Insider-out

Will Sharad Yadav attend Lalu Prasad’s rally in Patna on August 27? If he does, he may stand to lose his Rajya Sabha seat.

20 Aug 2017

TSR Subramanian

Is lateral entry into senior civil services positions desirable?

There are reports that the Government of India is considering the modalities of lateral entry of ‘specialists’, to the senior echelons of All India Services (AIS).

20 Aug 2017

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Please don’t fasten your seatbelt

The sensitivity being shown both in Gujarat and Japan is commendable. But I guess, in both cases, people won’t mind if they miss the flight or their room reservation.

20 Aug 2017